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May 10, 2017 Sarah Ameny
President of the Scandinavian Club
PLU marks its cultural heritage on Norwegian Constitution Day
Attention all Lutes – it is time to dust off your Bunads and get into the Norwegian spirit. On May 17, the Scandinavian Cultural Center and the Scandinavian Club at Pacific Lutheran University will mark the Norwegian Constitution Day at the annual Constitution Day event. The event will take place at PLU’s Red Square starting at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast followed by a reception with speeches and music.
The Constitution Day marks one of the most important dates in Norwegian history – May 17, 1814, the day where Norway became an independent country separated from Denmark and Sweden. This date is not only important for Norwegians but is also an important part of PLU’s cultural heritage and has been marked by PLU for more than 40 years.
The Norwegian flag will be hoisted and students, faculty and members of the Scandinavian Center will be present at the event. Many will be wearing Bunads, the traditional Norwegian folk costume which Norwegians wear this particular day to celebrate their culture and heritage.
The president of the Scandinavian Club Sarah Ameny said that she hopes to see many students at the event.
“It’s really cool for students to learn more about the Norwegian history and culture even if they are not Scandinavian,” Ameny said. “It’s an important date for PLU as well, so people should really show up and have fun and experience a little bit of PLU’s Norwegian heritage.”
About the Scandinavian Club: The Scandinavian Club is a student-run club at PLU celebrating Scandinavian culture and history. The club has a wide range of events throughout the year and often collaborates with The Daughters of Norway. For more information on the club and its upcoming events please visit their Facebook profile at https://www.facebook.com/PLUScanClub/?fref=ts and the website for the Scandinavian Center at http://www.plu.edu/scancenter/